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Julien Offray de La Mettrie, 'Discours sur le bonheur'

critical edition by John Falvey

SVEC
Vol. No.
Vol. No.: 

134

Volume editor(s)
Volume editor(s): 
John Falvey
Publication Date
Publication Date: 
1975
ISBN
ISBN: 
978-0-7294-0020-6
Pages
Pages: 
236
Price Sterling (£): 
35

About the Book

About the Book: 


INTRODUCTION

I. Principles of this edition

i. The text

ii. Dates

iii. Presentation

iv. Structure of the Discours sur le bonheur

II. Reflections of contemporaries in the writing and the rewritings

i. Maupertuis and his friend

ii. Maupertuis and 'la philosophie morale'

iii. Fontenelle

iv. Madame Du Châtelet

v. Frederick II

vi. Pernetti

vii. 'Saint-Evremond' (La Serre)

III. Discours sur le bonheur in relation to some earlier figures

i. Descartes

ii. Montaigne

iii. Seneca: epicureanism and stoicism

iv. Other figures referred to by La Mettrie

IV. Reverberations

i. La Mettrie's personality

ii. Exploitation of La Mettrie by religious writers

iii. Sensitivity of the philosophes to exploitation of La Mettrie

iv. Reaction to La Mettrie in periodicals

V. Conclusion

THE TEXT

Preface

Section i. Introductory passage

Section ii. Le bonheur organique

Section iii. Education

Section iv. Fortitude

Section v. Happiness through social facilities

Section vi. The medical standpoint

Section vii. Endings

Appendixes

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